Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Equilibrium Schema

Definition: 

An equilibrium schema is a balance schema that involves physical or metaphorical external and internal pressure on container-like objects.

Examples: 

(English)

  • Pressure in the stomach
  • Some aspects of psychological balance, such as when emotions are said to be capable of “exploding” and thus in need of being:

    • “repressed”
    • “suppressed”
    • “held in”
Source: 
86, 88–89